Happy To Read Tuesday! Here we’re highlighting the eight titles that our editors are most excited to add to their TBR shelves. For even more hot new releases, check out our Winter Previews for the best books coming out this season.
Meghan Kenny’s coming-of-age novel The Driest Season is set in 1943 in drought-stricken Boaz, WIsconsin, where Cielle Jacobson lives with her family. When Cielle’s father dies by suicide, she is the one to find his body. If a neighbor were to find out that the death was not accidental, Cielle’s family would lose their farm. Cielle’s mother covers up the death and it is ruled an accident. In a town full of secrets, Cielle tries to find out the truth about her family, herself, and why her father ended his life. In a starred review, Kirkus writes, “Kenny’s thoughtful, finely crafted work is an eloquent reminder that the breadth of a world matters less than the depth of a character.”
We liked A Wilder Time by William E. Glassley so much that we included it on our list of most-anticipated nonfiction books this winter. Glassley, a geologist at the University of California, brings readers along with him on his expeditions to isolated and vast Greenland. Glassley and two other colleagues spent numerous seasons camped out, studying the terrain of Greenland. Glassley impresses upon his readers both the value of science and the importance of an internal and external sense of wildness.
The Kremlin’s Candidate is the timely conclusion to Jason Matthews’ Red Sparrow trilogy. Dominika Egorova, a Russian counterintelligence chief, and her lover CIA agent Nate Nash are at the center of the action. In the novel’s opening, Vladimir Putin is plotting to assassinate a US official and then fill the official’s spot with a mole. It’s up to Dominika and Nate to find the mole before the mole finds them. If the mole discovers Dominika’s identity and reports back to Putin, the government will execute her. Matthews draws upon his 33 years of experience working in the CIA in crafting this gripping finale. In a starred review, Publishers Weekly calls the book, “a suspenseful thriller that races to a heart-pounding and unexpected resolution.”
Jordanna Max Brodsky’s Olympus Bound trilogy comes to an end with her latest mythology-inspired book. Olympus Bound opens six months after the events of Winter of the Gods. Selene DiSilva, who was once known as the goddess Artemis, must act quickly. Her father Zeus has been kidnapped and her friends are in danger of being killed by a cult leader. But to rescue the people she loves, Selene must first face her past. In this dramatic finale, she travels from New York to Mount Olympus to rediscover her power and save the world.
Iranian poet and film director Forugh Farrokhzad is the subject of Jasmin Darznik’s debut novel Song of a Captive Bird. Born in 1935, Forugh lived through much turmoil in Iran, including the 1953 coup d’état. Defying convention and striving for equality, Forguh found her place in the world with poetry. Forugh was forced into a loveless marriage by her disapproving father, but refused to give up on her dream. She kept writing poetry and eventually found a publisher. Forugh became the free artist she dreamed of being and later found love with a famous filmmaker. As the brewing upheaval and chaos in Iran ensued, Forugh’s writing, which Darznik uses through the narrative, strengthened and flourished.
Young adulthood is a time of exploring who we are and where we fit in the world. Jen Wang captures this time beautifully in her latest graphic novel The Prince and the Dressmaker. Set in 19th-century Paris, the novel follows the story of Prince Sebastian and Frances, his talented seamstress. Sebastian loves fashion and longs to wear gowns, and Frances is more than happy to create stunning dresses for the prince. Knowing that the king and queen wouldn’t approve, Sebastian adopts the name Lady Crystallia while out on the town in Frances’ designs. Because the two agree to keep Sebastian’s other life secret, Frances’ own dreams are put on hold. We recently sat down with Jen Wang to discuss this charming new book. You can read our interview and an excerpt here.
Granted, the latest from John David Anderson, tells the story of fairy-in-training Ophelia Delphinium Fidgets. Ophelia lives in Haven, a hidden magical land. Ophelia is special because she is a Granter: one of the chosen fairies whose job it is to grant the wishes of human beings. On her first day as a Granter, Ophelia runs into all kinds of trouble that keep her from granting wishes. And if she can’t grant wishes, she can’t generate the magical energy that keeps Haven safe and hidden. Young readers will delight in imagining Ophelia listening as they wish upon a star.
A young boy and his cat share a nighttime adventure in this delightful picture book. On the night of the blue moon, these two explorers travel across a forest, over a lake, and up to the stars. They land on the moon and look at the Earth from above. But once there they begin to miss their home. They head back to Earth and once the boy is tucked in bed, he wonders whether their magical trip really happened or if it was all just a fantastic dream. Author Sara O’Leary teamed up with illustrator Ashley Crowley to create this magical picture book.